Latino television shows are on the rise.
After successes from shows revolving African-American experiences like “Power” and “Survivor’s Remorse,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that the cable programming network will push for a Hispanic initiative for new shows.
Starz will partner with Televisa USA, an arm of Grupo Televisa, to develop the English-language version of the telenova “El Malefico” that ran for 320 episodes in Mexico from 1983-1984. The story is about a powerful businessman who makes a deal with the devil.
Mauricio Katz will be the showrunner. Katz co-created A&E Network’s “Nino Santo” and worked on FX’s “The Bridge."
Haxan Films’ Eduardo Sanchez teamed with Cuban writer-director Alejandro Brugues for supernatural drama “Santeria.” The story follows undercover agents investigating strange murders against the backdrop of Cuban faith tradition.
Brugues is known for “Juan of the Dead” and Sanchez was a pioneer of found footage films with “The Blair Witch Project.”
A half-hour dramedy “Pour Vida” is based off a short story by Richard Villegas Jr. about twin sisters inheriting a building in East Los Angeles. They will attempt to open a wine bar in a gentrification effort but to adopt the neighborhood as their own.
Marc Turtletaub, Dan Pasternack and Erin Keating will be executive producers on this project.
Finally, Starz is hopeful to shoot “Havana Quartet” series in Cuba. It’s mentioned this project depends on the incoming President of the United States to lift the film embargo on this nation.